The 2-day silent art auction at the Oconomowoc Festival of the Art helps raise scholarship funds used to support artists. All art available in the silent auction has been donated by festival artists.
Bidding for the silent art auction runs each day of the festival – Saturday and Sunday – from 11am – 3pm. Bidders are encouraged to be nearby at the conclusion of each day’s bidding window so they may collect and pay for their items. Winners will also be notified by phone if needed. Any Saturday auction artwork not claimed by noon on Sunday will be added to the Sunday silent art auction. Sunday winning bidders must collect and pay for their items by 5pm.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Silent Art Auction Tent – located across the parking lot from the food pavilion – and bid on their favorite pieces of art!
Well-established social or civic groups are invited to apply for one of a very limited number of display booths spots near the entrance to Fowler park during the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts. Display booths are intended to help local social and civic groups share their mission and community impact with art festival visitors.
This should be only an informational display about your group. No handouts, no raffles, no political or personal agendas, no fundraising, no sales and no soliciting are permitted. You may have a clip board to take information from interested people, if desired.
Display booth spots are approximately 10’ x 10’ and located near the entry gate in Fowler Park and on the side near the artists and the piano stage. Groups will need to set up and tear down their own booth displays, in addition to providing their own table, chairs, and protection from the elements. Display booths should be clearly labeled with the group’s name and staffed from 10am-5pm each day of the art festival. Please note, there is NO electricity.
If interested, please send us a letter or email telling us about your group, what you do, how you impact the community, and why you wish to be a Spotlight Group.
Letters can be mailed to:
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, Ltd.
PO Box 651
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
**In the lower left mark the envelope: Attention: Spotlight Group
See below for examples of past featured social or civic groups!
The Emerging Leaders are a group of young community members that have come together to support the Oconomowoc Area Foundation (OAF) in their mission to enhance our community.
The priorities of OAF that are supported by The Emerging Leaders are: programs for children and youth, service to the elderly, arts and cultural programs, programs in support of those facing life-threatening illnesses, programs that support the environment, and economic development.
Build a Park at 517 is a group of impassioned Oconomowoc residents who joined together in a grass-roots campaign to halt the development of condos on two parcels of land along North Lake Road. The group wished, instead, to preserve the land and develop it into a park to be enjoyed by generations to come.
In 2020, the group – along with the mayor, key community members, and over a thousand individual donors, came together to raise over a million dollars to purchase the land from condo developers. The land is now destined to be John and Lavinia Rockwell Park and will be available to all Oconomowoc community members.
The group, currently called Build Rockwell Park, is currently raising funds for the first phase of the park build-out, which includes grading the land, seawall repairs, and portage launches.